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November 1, 2019 - Regional storm crews prepare to batten down the hatches

Disaster management teams in the Cassowary Coast this week ran a planning exercise based around a hypothetical-but-possible freak flood event.

The half-day planning session – known as Exercise Diluvium - was held Tuesday (29/10) at the Innisfail Disaster Management Centre.

The operational scenario was a major storm and flood affecting the larger Innisfail and surrounding coastal areas.

On hand to evaluate the region’s preparations for such a flood were a range of first responders, including police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency services.

Also involved were representatives of the Australian army, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, and government departments and other agencies.

All would play a key front-line role in preserving human life in the event a substantial natural disaster, said John Kremastos, Mayor of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, and also Chairman of the Local Disaster Management Group.

“We knew we needed a scenario that was possible, and where good planning and decisive action would be essential as part of a co-ordinated emergency response,” he said.

“In the tropical north, people know and understand about cyclones, we know about storms and super-heavy seasonal rains.

“We can’t stop destructive weather events from occurring, but what we can do is be prepared to deal with any situation that comes our way.

“The event was well worth holding, and showed great co-operation between the different services and departments.”